Bigger Than Any One -- Solving Large-Scale Data Problems with People and Machines

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The informatic challenges of 2013 and beyond are bigger than any one company. This presentation provides an overview of a number of recent, successful crowd-sourced and community-driven applications that combine ‘Big Data’ approaches with Community involvement. The speaker dives into the numbers and specific details of Factual’s approach to large-scale, multi-authored data collection and aggregation, and how the company’s data ethos and business positioning dictates both the shape of its technology and its vision of large-scale, collective data ecosystems.

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Tyler Bell


Dr Tyler Bell is Director of Product for Factual, an LA-based startup that has created a data platform powering local commerce – now with data on 63 million businesses and landmarks, and 500 thousand products. He previously did post-doctoral work on landscape analysis and the semantic integration of heterogeneous data at the University of Oxford. More recently and topically, he led Product for Yahoo’s Geo Technologies Group. He writes about data-, semantic- and geo-technologies for O’Reilly Radar at


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